Active Transport to School
Client: FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL
Encouraging more students to use active transport (walk, scooter, cycle or bus) to get to school was the key objective of the Active Transport to School project, with the target being a 10% reduction in the number of trips to school by car. Tipec worked with Tinana State School, Kawungan State School, and Howard State School to develop an Active Transport Plan for each school and then helped with the implementation of the plan over a 12 month period.
Common across all the schools was the overwhelming desire for students not to be driven to school by car. Typically when students were surveyed and asked their preferred mode of transport to school over 70% of students said they would prefer active transport modes (walk, scooter, cycle or bus) but less than 30% actually use active transport. This indicates a strong desire for students to change their transport mode.
A number of actions were agreed to encourage active school transport including:
- Producing best route to school maps;
- Nominated park and stride locations where parents could drop off their children and let them walk the remainder of the trip;
- Austcycle programs within the school;
- Secure scooter facilities;
- Weekly active transport days.
One of the schools achieved the 10% target and the other two schools showed considerable progress towards the target.
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